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PlantFiles: Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Burpee's Stringless Green Pod'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Burpee's Stringless Green Pod

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2 vendors have this plant for sale.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
31 to 40 days
41 to 50 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kywebfoot On Dec 27, 2005, kywebfoot from Marysville, IN wrote:

By far and away my favorite bean. It finds it's way into my garden every year as the main crop. I usually put out 2 spring plantings and 1 fall. Old time bean flavor that is hard to beat.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 26, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was the most popular snapbean in my youth in Virginia. It is very similar to the Giant Stringless Greenpod but a little larger and earlier. Produces an abundance of tender round pods about 6 inches long. Largely replaced by newer cultivars like Topcrop, Wade, and Contender. Size and shape are similar to the now popular Blue Lake bush, but in my opinion has infinitely superior taste.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marysville, Indiana
Troy, Virginia (2 reports)
Spokane, Washington

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